Measurement and prediction are the foundational elements of STEM research. In this three-week unit, students explore these elements while participating in lively experiments. First, they build a tissue paper parachute and determine the load capacity, velocity, and acceleration of the parachute. In a fun – and potentially messy – challenge, students design their own parachutes to safely transport an egg to the floor. Then, students stretch their learning potential by completing several model bungee jump experiments while exploring Hooke’s law, properties of materials, and the use of scatter graphs for predicting outcomes.
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